Queries about Civil Authority and the Christian’s Responsibility

Paul's Epistle to the Romans[The following are comments by Isaiah Boone Grubbs on Romans 13:1-7.]

1. How are the authorities that exist ordained of God?

The context shows that Paul has reference to the principles of government, no matter what the form may be. Government founded upon principles of right and eternal truth. If there were only one true form, we, as Christians, could live only under that form. We must conform ourselves to the principles of justice and equity no matter what the form of the government under which we live may be.

2. What is the limit of our obedience and subjection to the civil authorities? See Acts 5:28-29 and Daniel 6:7-10.

Wherever Civil Law conflicts with religious duties, the Christian ought to disobey it regardless of consequences. When the apostles were forbidden to teach in the name of Jesus, they paid no heed to the prohibition but filled Jerusalem with the doctrine of Christ, and when they were brought before the authorities to give an account of such violation, “Peter, and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:28-29). When there was established a royal statute under king Darius that for thirty days no one “shall ask a petition of any god or man” save of Darius; “and when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, (by the king) he went into his house (now his windows were open in his chamber toward Jerusalem); and he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime”—thus ignoring the decree of king Darius. His miraculous deliverance from the den of lions should encourage every Christian to ignore all laws that conflict with Divine Law.

3. How is the civil ruler a “minister of God to thee for good”?

Paul is not talking about men who pervert their offices, but those who enforce justice. If a ruler does not perform his duty he is disobeying civil authority and divine justice.

4. To what state of things do these instructions apply?

Wherever there is a settled form of Government. They would not apply in a state of revolution.

The above post is an excerpt from the book, Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: An Exegetical and Analytical Commentary by Isaiah Boone Grubbs. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Temples of a New Religion

The Evils of Socialism

Mr. Coler said the school question in the United States had become troublesome. “The public schools,” he declared, “are fast becoming temples of a new religion. By some it is known as agnosticism; by some, atheism; by some, Socialism; and by others, ethical culture. It is affirmative, dogmative and intolerant.”

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Children as Property of the Government

The Evils of Socialism

Socialism can dictate just how many children each family must have and these children are the property of the government.

“Let us frankly say that economic equality must inevitably work great changes in our form of marriage—that it will automatically abolish religious superstition—and that children will no longer be left to the care of incompetent parents, but will be recognized as belonging to the state. This for the children’s good and for the public good.”—Industrial Democrat, Sept. 24, 1910, the organ of the Socialists of Oklahoma.

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A Nation Cannot Rise Above Its System of Government

The Evils of Socialism

If our government has produced wealth and capitalists, it is evidence of a good form of government. Any system of government that would keep all its subjects poor is as poor as its subjects. A nation cannot rise above the system of government under which its subjects live. The fact that the United States is the greatest nation in the world is evidence that we have the best system of government in the world. To apply the Socialist idea of free and equal distribution of wealth amongst the subjects of this government would involve our nation in poverty and place it at once in the power of other nations, and thus make our subjugation absolutely certain.

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NEW RELEASE: The Evils of Socialism

We would like to announce our newest title – The Evils of Socialism by W. F. Lemmons – is now available.

The Evils of Socialism (cover)Originally published in 1912, this book discusses the early influence of Socialism in the United States and how it was addressed from a Biblical perspective.

William F. Lemmons (1867-1936) was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas, was raised on a farm, and was a diligent student of the Bible from an early age. He preached the gospel and labored for the cause of Christ for over forty years, helping to establish congregations in thirteen states.

The Evils of Socialism was written in 1912 and addressed this movement in the United States. Though this was seen by some as exclusively a political topic, Lemmons addressed it from a Biblical perspective and showed how Socialism is rooted in atheism and is opposed to the Bible and the church. This book contains valuable historical information as well as instruction on Biblical principles regarding this political movement that continues to challenge God’s people today.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Through July 31, 2018, The Evils of Socialism is on sale for 15% off the regular price.

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